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Stephen Ministry

Christ Caring for People through People

JULY 2015: Under the advisement of Fr. Nathan, Stephen Ministry is taking a break. We would like to thank our Stephen Ministers for their dedicated service to All Saints'. Our active Stephen Ministers include Carol Nazaretian, Adele Pelletier, Betsy Knight, Hope Cole, Diane Mcleod Packer, Mary Hall, Erika and Richard McNeil, and our honorary members Cynthia and Ralph Wilson. We ask for prayer on the future of this vital ministry at All Saints'.

CONTACT: Any concerns for pastoral care should be directed to Fr. Nathan Baxter (978-388-0009 or nathan@allsainstamesbury.org).

People often ask, "What exactly is a Stephen Minister?" One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed. Stephen Ministers are there:

  • . . . after the end of a long term relationship.
  • . . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
  • . . . after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.
  • . . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
  • . . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
  • . . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
  • . . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
  • . . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
  • . . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
  • . . . after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
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